In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Newborn
Author: Susan Perlman

But as the months progressed, so did Shifra’s frantic behavior. She would only wear clothing that was blue, said to be an unpleasant color to demons. Noise was also a good safeguard. So bells and clappers sounded incessantly in the home.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Heshie’s Dream
Author: Susan Perlman

Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Sage Advice
Author: Jews for Jesus

A young man is hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he is accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Stranger
Author: Jews For Jesus

In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a wise stranger passes through and confounds the local rabbi.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Leah’s Dreams
Author: Susan Perlman

Leah’s dreams about the shtetl always came true. Except once.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Junk Dealer
Author: Susan Perlman

When the junk dealer’s goods appeared to be magically restored, the good citizens of Vaysechvoos was sure Messiah was at the door!

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: How Gittel Saved the Shtetl
Author: Susan Perlman

Gittel, everyone in Vaysechvoos agreed, was a true beauty. Besides this she was bright, vivacious and as innocent as freshly fallen snow. Why, one glance from her deep, smiling brown eyes was enough to melt the heart of any yeshiva bocher. But that was not to be. One...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Pogrom that Wasn’t
Topics: vaysechvoos, pogrom
Author: Susan Perlman

For those who lived in the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, no event of the year brought as much joyous anticipation as the first seder night. Each house was made spotless and bright. For the days leading up to the holiday, all chometz was removed and all the special...

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: The Gaon of Vilna
Author: Susan Perlman

All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the...

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: Mendel the Merchant
Author: Susan Perlman

When it came to a knowledge of gematria, no one in Vaysechvoos was as skilled as Mendel the Merchant. His father, Yossel, had taught him from early childhood how important it was to have an understanding of the numerical value of the alef bais. Reb Yossel explained to...

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In The Little Shtetl Of Vaysechvoos: The Missing Rabbi
Author: Susan Perlman

Settling a legal dispute in the shtetl of Vaysechvoos is no easy thing. After all, the czar had made sure that Jews were prohibited from the civil court system, and that was probably a good thing, since what kind of justice would a Jew find in the czar’s Russia?...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Christian Cat?
Author: Susan Perlman

The people of Vaysechvoos were too poor to own pets, but they had a problem and to solve that problem, they welcomed a few stray cats into the shtetl. You see, a multitude of mice had taken up residence there. But the appearance of the cats had hordes of mice...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Eliahu at the Door
Author: Susan Perlman

In Vaysechvoos, as for Jews everywhere, Pesach was a very special occasion. Each house was made spotless and bright. All chometz was removed and all the special Passover dishes and utensils were brought out. The families eagerly awaited the celebration with its...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Golem
February 28, 2008
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Rich Robinson

Vaysechvoos is a fictitious village in 19th century czarist Russia. Stories from Vaysechvoos often appear in our 21st century publication Issues. This story is typical of the kinds of tales Jewish authors wrote once upon a time. This is not an endorsement of kabbalah,...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Healer
Author: Susan Perlman

The tiny, one-room house was dark and musty. Narrow sunbeams poked through the cracks around a small draped window, and near the bed a solitary wick flickered in a little bowl of oil. Ruchelah lay in her bed. She had been infirmed for years, barely able to move or sit...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Blessed Scarf
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

It was a little too big for a babushka and a little too small for a waist sash. The dark brown, ancient pattern against the lighter background seemed like something the Turks might have designed. The repeated lines and angular letters looked, at first glance, like the...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Stars
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

It was evening in Vaysechvoos. Young Perchik stared and stared at the sky. The vastness of the black and white speckled blanket that stretched beyond his home was more than even his eleven-year-old imagination could comprehend. “Mama, Mama, what are...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Tailor
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

The pogroms in the province were occurring with more frequency, and a friendly gentile let the villagers know that Vaysechvoos was on the list for one of these destructive demonstrations.” “What did we do to deserve such a thing?” cried Zlata the...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: A Match for the Milkman
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

Beryl the Milkman imagined he was the most unfortunate man in all of Vaysechvoos. Certainly,” he concluded, “I’m the loneliest.” And the townspeople agreed. Skinny as a beanpole, Beryl was shy and withdrawn. He was an orphan, and the only...

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: For Women Only
Topics: vaysechvoos, siddur
Author: Susan Perlman

The ladies of Vaysechvoos, like women in the shtetlach throughout the Czar’s land, had little education. They were, of course, taught those things necessary to make a home for their families: clothes-making, cooking, cleaning and so on. They were taught to obey...

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